On a warm autumn day, Thursday, October 1, 2020, our Lord took a very special woman, Enid Gertrude Gosse (affectionately known as Oodles) who was a one-of-a-kind woman.
Born on July 11, 1930, in Sydney, Enid was the daughter of the late Dan and Myrtle (Lafford) MacNeil.
Enid is survived by her son, Bill; daughters-in-law, Kathy and Susan; grandchildren, Gordie III, Darren, Lorway (Christine), Ryan (Laura-Lee), Chandell (Dan), Meghan (Omar) and Daniel; many nieces, nephews, and great-grandchildren; as well as two other very special women, Brenda and Cecelia.
Besides her parents, Enid is predeceased by her husband, Gordon Sr.; sons, Lorway and Gordie Jr.; brothers, Bill ‘Sonny’, Currie, Bobby and sisters, Florence and Catherine ‘Kay’.
Enid wore many different hats: mother, wife, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, sister, and dear friend. Enid, along with her best friend, Annie Laughlin, spent many summers at Holy Redeemer camp, where she cooked for children and loved to tell stories by the campfire. She had a generous spirit and was always looking to help others. Anyone who encountered Enid was left with a profound sense of warmth. She was loved by all and touched the lives of many people.
Enid was a voracious reader, crafter, baker and cook. She loved spending time with her children, grandchildren, and friends. Each Christmas she spent hours upon hours writing cards to make sure everyone she knew felt loved. Enid was often found tapping her foot and clapping her hands to Shania Twain, Garth Brooks, and many other country musicians. She could easily light up a room with her authentic personality.
Enid was a courageous, loving, independent, and funny woman. We will miss her everyday.
A celebration of Enid’s life will be held at a later date. We ask in her honour that you hold your loved ones tight and cherish your time together.
To the dedicated and compassionate staff at Seaview Manor, our family thanks you from the bottom of our heart for your care of Enid in her time of need.
Donations in memory of Enid may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.
Bill and Kathy , So sorry for the loss of your mother and mother in law.Keep your memories of her close to your heart and know that you are being thought of during this difficult time. My condolences to you and your family
From: Gerilyn Boone
Sorry for your loss Billy and family your mom was a wonderful lady my thoughts and prayers are with u
From: Debbie Edwards
Bill and Family,
I was saddened to read of “Oodles’ ” passing. I have many great memories from our summers at Holy Redeemer Camp. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
From: Chuck Drohan
My thoughts and most sincere sympathies are extended to all family members and friends. Always a smile, always thinking of others. It certainly has been an honor to have been associated with such a special lady. Fly high Enid, fly high!
I knew Enid well! I often stayed at her home on Robert Street in the pier with her three sons! She often came to our home too and her and my mom, Florance Bona would cook for weddings and funerals alike! The both of them would gather together with other ladies in the neighborhood and knit and make doilies and clothes for people in need and they always went out of their way for anyone, never accepting payment, all out of the kindness of their hearts! That is who Enid was, one of the sweetest and kindest ladies I have ever known! To her family and friends, I say I am very sorry for your loss! I thank God that her personal battles are over, and it is my belief, that now, she will REST IN PEACE!
I am very sorry to hear of Enid’s passing and enjoyed meeting her on my visits . Memories will keep her alive in your hearts and minds and it was always obvious how much her family loved her. May God be with you and may you lean on Him. Love Dolly
Our deepest condolences to you Billy and all your family.
Your beautiful Mother is finally at Peace. We (Marie & I ) visited Enid when we could. She is with her friends and loved ones in Heaven.
Our deepest Sympathy to the loss of your mother ,
Met her only a few times with Lorway and found her to be a very special Lady.
It’s so much harder these days to celebrate the Life of someone you love, but rest assured many are grieving and celebrating with you.
My deepest condolences to all Enid’s family and friends. Enid was a big part of our family and mom’s (Florence Bona) best friend. Enid used to pick up for me when my sisters were giving me a hard time. I loved her dearly. I’m sure she was welcomed with open arms by Mon, Gordon any many others. Another angel in Heaven. God Bless, RIP.
So sorry to hear about the passing of Enid. Condolences to you , Bill and the rest of the Gosse family. May all the wonderful memories you have of her help you through this very sad and difficult time.
Very sorry to hear of Enid’s passing. A beautiful woman. May she Rest In Peace.
My deepest condolences to Billy and family.Your mom was a beautiful lady.RIP Enid
Sending much love, sincere condolences, and comforting prayers to you all! A dear, amazing lady has finally inherited her Heavenly Home where she will be joyous ever after with sooo many loved family and friends!! God Bless you All!!!!
I am so very sorry to hear of your loss , Enid , Mrs. Gosse to us children ( all grown adults now). I remember happy times with your mom and going across the street to Sunday supper as a wee one . She became sisters godmother and sent her memorable photos through the years in those famous Christmas cards . Even when we moved to Ashby she visited many times and we all enjoyed hearing stories . She was a very lovely person and we loved her dearly . Prayers and hugs to you all.
Billy, Cathy. So very sorry to hear of Aunt Enid’s passing. She was a wonderful person and Aunt and we all loved her.
Deepest Sympathy to Family & friends.
Doddy & Bobby Keel
Whitney Pier ( Truro N.S.)
So sorry to hear of Enid’s passing. She was a beautiful lady. May your memories comfort you in the sad days ahead. Condolences to the family.
My condolences to Bill and all the families that were apart of her life.
Kathy, Bill and Family: We are so sorry to hear of your Mothers passing. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Billy and family,
I am very sorry for your loss. I remember your mom many years ago when I delivered the newspaper the Highlander to your house and later doing plumbing work there. She was very kind.
Bert and Maurina Lewis, Port Hawkesbury
Billy and Family,
We are so sorry to learn of Enid’s passing. Deepest sympathy from our family to yours. Certainly brings back memories of growing up in the Pier. Enid was like a mother to all of us, always so kind and thinking of others. We are so thankful that our families shared a special bond.
Alan Laughlin and Family
So sorry to hear of the loss of Enid , your dear mom and grandmother. She was a staple of our neighbourhood near Ferris st growing up . A kind and very giving lady …. she will be missed
Many fond memories with you and your grandmother.
Take care during this time.
Bill and Family…You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Roy, Cathy Mugford
Billy& Family, Derrick and I are so sorry for the loss of your Mom. We will keep you in our prayers . God Bless.
Bill & Family , Sorry For Your Loss .
Dear Billy and family; Darren, Lorway, Ryan and all the Gosse family; Sue and family; little Gordie; We were very sorry to hear about Enid’s passing. We got to know your mother/grandmother when she lived next to us on Maloney Street. Enid was a wonderful and special lady who always had a good word and genuine concern for others. She stayed in touch, with little letters and Christmas cards when she moved from the street, always asking how Tim and Linsey were getting along….Lindy was our dog’s name but Enid always called her Linsey. One of our favourite memories of Enid was when she would see the female partridge in our back yard and would call and say the ladybird was there. She always called it a ladybird because it lifted its legs so high at every step. Enid will be dearly missed by all who were fortunate enough to get to know her. Take care and God Bless.